Nobody wants to list a house that stinks, but more often than not, homeowners don't even know that their house is emitting strange and unpleasant odors. A good real estate agent has to be honest with homeowners before listing their property in telling them that they might need to do something about the smell. There are a lot of ways we can create unpleasant smells in our houses from pets and cigarettes to mildew and mold. Mold can be a larger issue than simply the smell so it's important to check those serious odor causing contaminants and remove them at the source for the health and safety of everyone in the family.
Every day smells that go on throughout a house such as cooking or maybe unpleasant odors can come and go but for stubborn odors make sure you seek out the source of first and then try to rectify the scent. Here are some simple ways to get out bad smells or odors from your home.
Vinegar. Vinegar is a great way to freshen up a lot of different places in your home even though it will smell like vinegar for a while. Vinegar makes a good cleaner for bathroom floors, toilets, tubs, and appliances. Put a cup of vinegar into your dishwasher or washing machine and run it on a hot cycle to clean out all the small crevices in these appliances.
Baking soda. That good old Arm & Hammer baking soda in the fridge certainly worked for grandma and it can work for you. Putting an open container of baking soda in closets, basements, and refrigerators can pull out bad odors quickly without masking the odor.
Charcoal. Charcoal does a great job at detoxifying our bodies as well as the air. Activated charcoal, which is a form of carbon that has been activated to make it extremely porous, is great for absorbing a range of odors, especially those caused by litter boxes and pets. Simply by putting this charcoal near litter boxes or places were pets gather will help tone down the scent dramatically.
Dryer sheets. Those good old dryer sheets absorb odors like nobody's business. Stick a few into kids stinky shoes, hang a few in your closet, tuck a few into clothes drawers, and scatter them in different places around a musty basement.
Of course, you can always get air fresheners and odor eliminators such as air ionizers which can help but more often than not, air fresheners only mask sense rather than suck them out of the air.
If you're not sure how your home smells ask a trusted friend to be honest with you. They will tell you whether or not your home smells and may offer suggestions on what you can do about it. Call me to list and sell your Columbus home.
As a certified Realtor® for the top-rated Columbus Realty Firm - Vision Realty, with 32 years of dedicated real estate experience, I can help buyers, sellers, investors, short sale sellers and more find, sell or invest in the right property, at the right price, at the right time. Contact me anytime for updates and information on the Columbus OH Real Estate market.